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Monday, January 6, 2014

Veggie Supreme Pizza (Vegan, GF-option, Low-fat, Low-Sodium)

A supremely stacked pizza for one or two tummies!

Prep time: 1h 15 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes

3 cups of Flour
1 packet of Active Dry Yeast
1 tbs of Coconut Sugar
1.25 cups of warm Water
Optional add-ins:
1 tbs minced dry onion
1 tbs dried Italian herbs

1 medium-sized can of Tomato paste
1 small Onion, chopped
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
1 stalk of Celery, chopped
1 small Zucchini, sliced
1 large Carrot, diced
1 Apple, chopped
1 ear of Sweet Corn
Handful of Mushrooms
Handful of Grape Tomatoes
1/4 head of Cauliflower
1/4 head of Broccoli
1/2 Avocado, mashed
10 sprigs of Cilantro
1 tsp of Cumin powder
1/4 tsp of Cayenne

To make the pizza dough I mixed equal amounts of corn, white wheat, and bread flour in a mixing bowl. In a measuring cup I added warm water, then stirred in the sugar and yeast. Let it activate for 5 minutes until foamy. Make a well in the flour bowl and pour in the liquid mixture. Combine by stirring with a wooden spoon. Oil your hands and knead for about 5 minutes. Return to bowl and cover with a wet tea towel in a warm place and let rise for 1 hour minimum.

Preheat oven to 400F. Punch down your dough and knead it a few more times. Toss the dough to stretch it, then roll it out with a pin. This may require a light dusting of flour. Sprinkle corn meal onto a pizza stone and finish shaping your pizza dough. Place in oven for 10 minutes to partially bake.

Meanwhile, in a small pan, mix your tomato paste with water to desired consistency. Add cumin, cayenne, and half your cilantro. Stir occasionally over a medium heat. Add your minced garlic and half the chopped onions to your sauce. While this warms, wash and chop your toppings. I used whatever I had in the fridge. Use as many or as little of your favorite veggies, but if you come for dinner here you have to go big or go home ;)

Remove the pizza base from the oven. Mash your avocado and smear it on the pizza, then cover it with sauce. Sprinkle on onion, apple, corn, mushrooms, and cilantro. Then add your carrot, zucchini, tomatoes, cauliflower and broccoli. Stack it high!

Return to oven for 15-25 minutes. The cooking time depends on how firm or soft you like your veggies. I love a nice crunch but some people prefer softer vegetables. One easy way to achieve this is to pre-cook them in a microwave or sauté pan, but who has time for that? :P

Let cool for 5 minutes, slice, and serve :)

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Here are photos from the first time I made this pizza. I have since perfected/updated the above recipe for maximum enjoyment and simplicity!